Nine more people were killed in violent clashes in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi between the renegade general Khalifa Hafter's forces and Islamic militants, taking the total toll to 75, medical sources said Monday.
Libya's internationally-recognised prime minister said Saturday that military forces in the strife-torn country had united to try to recapture Tripoli and the second city Benghazi from Islamist militias.
Libya's army threw its weight behind an ex-general who launched a new assault on Wednesday to retake second city Benghazi from Islamist militias who have seized control of large parts of the turmoil-gripped country.
Egyptian warplanes are bombing positions held by Islamist militias in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi as part of a large-scale operation to rid the city of militants who have held sway there for months, two Egyptian government officials said on Wednesday.
Libyan army troops and armed local residents clashed with Islamist fighters in the eastern port of Benghazi on Wednesday, one day after a renegade former general who backs the government forces vowed to retake the city from the militants.
Dozens of soldiers were killed and more than 70 wounded in car bomb attacks and clashes between troops and Islamists around Benghazi airport, a Libyan Army spokesman said on Thursday, as the UN threatened sanctions.
At least 13 Libyan soldiers were killed and more than 70 wounded on Thursday in car bombings and clashes with Islamists around the airport in the restive eastern city of Benghazi, military sources said.
Two suicide car bombings near an eastern airport in Libya killed seven troops and wounded 12 people on Thursday, a spokesman for a renegade general said, as fierce clashes erupted nearby between the general's forces and the extremist militias trying to take over the airfield.
Islamist fighters launched another offensive Wednesday on the airport in Libya`s Benghazi, the final redoubt in the eastern city of an ex-general who has been waging war on them, an AFP correspondent said.